Rio Olympian Kevin Seaward marks competitive return with impressive win in Nottingham!


Northern Ireland’s Kevin Seaward returns to action with a win in Nottingham:

Northern Ireland’s Kevin Seaward (Cardiff AC) won the Jack Walters Memorial 10 mile road race in Nottingham (England) last night, Friday 16th June 2017.

In windy and very warm conditions, the Rio 2016 Olympian, who is coached by Andrew Hobdell, opted to remain with the lead group in the early stages of the race and onwards towards the 7 mile mark. At this point, Kevin moved clear as he upped the pace in the final 3 miles, eventually recording 50:13 for 1st place.  This was enough to see Kevin win by over one minute, with Notts AC athlete Alistair Watson securing 2nd place in 51:17.

After the race, Schoolteacher Kevin spoke to NiRunning and explained, “I’ve not been doing too much since London, so it was a nice event to jump start the next training phase.”  He added, “It was a nice indicator that I’m in a good place to start marathon training. I have enjoyed the break, but now I’m ready to build up again.”

Kevin’s next major target will be the Berlin Marathon in September (2017) but the down to earth athlete will not be setting any targets early on, instead he will look forward to his Summer break from school and some good running.

Full of enthusiasm, Kevin said, “I’m enjoying my running again, that’s the most important thing.”

Last week the St Malachy’s AC man caused quite a stir when he took on the Long Eaton parkrun and led the field home in 15:01.  Fellow parkrunners took to social media, saying “for everyone that was talking about that quick guy at parkrun earlier & wondering who he was, it turns out he’s an Irish international that ran at the Rio Olympics!  So he’s a bit good.”